Bunraku, also known as Ningyo joruri, is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, founded around 17th century.
Three kinds of performers take part in a bunraku performance: Ningyo-tsukai-Puppeteers, Tayu-the chanters, Shamisen players
Occasionally other instruments such as taiko drums will be used.
The most accurate term for the traditional puppet theater in Japan is ningyo joruri. The combination of chanting and shamisen playing is called joruri and the Japanese word for puppet is ningyo.
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